The latest from WAPPA
As mentioned in my update last Friday, I would like to congratulate Niel Smith on his election to the position of WAPPA President for the next three years. Niel brings with him great experience and knowledge to take our Association forward over the next three years.
As we draw towards the end of Term 3, I am once again reminded of just how lucky we are here in Western Australia compared to our colleagues in other states. We held our successful conference, sports carnivals are taking place across the state, as are the various music festivals, and for the most part, education is continuing for all.
Term 4 is flying by with so many things happening in schools and at WAPPA. It is times like this that we need to reflect and create a Stop Doing List as the great leadership author Jim Collins stated in Good to Great. Once you do this you can focus on things of the greatest importance and have the most impact.
As the end of the year gets increasingly closer, now is the time that many of you are looking to plan your professional learning calendar for 2022. We are excited to release WAPPA's Signature Professional Learning calendar for 2022 in this week’s newsletter. WAPPA's Signature PL can also be delivered to your school, Chapter, Collegial Group or Network. So, please contact me for a quote to tailor to your needs.
I hope that busy Term 3 has been treating you well and with the sunshine promised by Djilba becoming more regular, it renews and re-energises. I have enjoyed my new journey to work, driving slowly past Lake Monger and seeing the glassy waters reflected back and watching nature in motion. I have had a wonderful start to my role of Manager, Professional Learning at WAPPA, being welcomed by the amazing Business Centre team, Board, and Members.
I am not sure I really want to hear again, nor say, the terms to describe this year as being challenging or different or even unprecedented. I was chatting with someone the other day about (according to Mark Twain) there only being two certainties in life - death and taxes. However, we joked that now we can include change as a third element.
The WAPPA Wellbeing Committee, as part of their work, has developed a Wellbeing Mantra. The committee encourages you to print the mantra and place it somewhere prominent in your office where you can refer to it regularly. This version of the mantra is designed for you to use in your schools.